Press Freedom

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is dedicated to promoting an independent free press to ensure full and fair reporting on matters of public interest. We hold accountable those who inhibit journalists in their pursuit of the truth. We equip journalists with the tools to break down free press barriers. And we celebrate the privilege of an independent press to inform the public about decisions and events that affect people’s lives.

Far too many governments and institutions of influence limit the news media’s ability to operate safely and free from interference. In the U.S. or abroad, journalists have died, gone missing, been detained or arrested in their attempts to gather facts and report the news. From foreign capitals to local courthouses, politicians, judges and law enforcement agencies have subverted access to information.

With the National Press Club’s unique presence and resources, we shine a light on these threats to press freedom wherever they arise.

The Institute also partners with the press freedom coalition to support their efforts: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press · Committee to Protect Journalists · Reporters Without Borders · Freedom Forum Institute  · James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

January 20, 2019
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